I remember in high school, and even in to my college days, when I wasn't the least bit concerned about the amount of sleep I got each night. I would stay awake into the wee hours of the night working on a project or hanging out with friends. Now that I'm older though, I think it's safe to say that sleep is my number two priority in life- with keeping my children alive ringing in at number one. Ironically though, as we get older and value sleep more than life itself, it seems there are more reasons we can't fall asleep than ever before.
Be it stress, a sleep disorder, having too much on your agenda or something as simple as your room is just too quiet- there are a plethora of sleep-inhibitors stealing our z's from us. And some of them aren't as obvious as you think.
Without enough sleep, I'm not any fun to look at or be around, and I don't think I'm the only one. So instead of perpetually apologizing for the bags under your eyes, why not take matters into your own hands? These next nine reasons go a little bit beyond the "toddler who won't let me sleep" excuse and may shed some light on why you're not getting enough shut-eye.